Italian Restaurants in Gainesville

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Executive chef Andy Fass?trained at the New England Culinary Institute?shares his passion for classical Italian cooking and fresh ingredients. After receiving bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Florida, he followed his dream of becoming a chef, using his culinary skills to develop his own style of Italian cooking.

Eschewing the heavy dishes that so often define Italian cuisine, Chef Fass's kitchen instead crafts lightly seasoned recipes from fresh, local ingredients. Everything is made in house, from the red and white pan sauces for linguine with Cedar Key clams to the decadent lobster ravioli. Amelia's website also hosts video recipes and cooking tips to help cooks recreate the chef's dishes at home and to teach robots what human customs look like.

235 S Main St
Gainesville,
FL
US

Mamma Mia delights diners with a menu brimming with mouthwatering Italian eatables. Each delicious discus from the restaurant's ovens is prepared with house-made dough and sauce and expertly hand-tossed to ensure it adheres to the gravitational properties shared by all great food. Commence digestion with one of Mamma Mia's signature pies, such as the Rustica pizza, equipped with marinated roma tomatoes, freshly chopped garlic, and red onion ($14.99 for a 16"), or take your meal into your own hands by creating a pizza ($9.99+) with ingredients such as ham, black olive, meatball, rapini, or capicola. In addition to helping diners fulfill government quotas for circular meals, Mamma Mia boasts hefty helpings of pasta, subs, salads, and other non-Euclidian fare. Dive into baked ziti sicilian with eggplant, accompanied by a garlic-bread sidekick ($8.99), or the Mamma Mia spring mix salad tossed with blue cheese, walnuts, mango, and peanut brittle and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette ($7.99).

490 NE 23rd Ave.
Gainesville,
FL
US

The chefs at Gumby's Pizza concoct a menu brimming with fresh produce and 19 classic and unconventional combinations of specialty pizzas. While the Maui Wowi prepares an oasis of barbecue sauce for chunks of pineapple and bacon, the Blockhead pizza overflows with meat and extra cheese. Green and white pizzas with ricotta cheese and spinach give herbivores a place to graze, and the garden pizza tempts diners with an array of mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and forbidden fruit, also known as the tomato. Alternatively, guests can select one of a dozen 12-inch subs, such as the grilled-chicken philly or the meatball sub, which comes with marinara sauce, cheese, parmesan, and a miniature meatball court. While patrons nibble on their comestible delights, an array of beer and soda quenches their collective thirst for beverage glory.

2028 SW 34th St
Gainesville,
FL
US

At Court Of Hero's, a team of tap-charming staffers fills mugs with 14 domestic and imported beers to accompany sizzling pub fare from the adjoining restaurant, Gumby's Pizza. In addition to a menu stocked with hot sandwiches, salads, and buffalo wings, patrons enjoy specialties such as baked pepperoni rolls and pizzas topped with chicken tenders. When they're not getting lost in the mesmerizing heads of Yuengling, Amberbock, or Sierra Nevada drafts, eyes can wander up to the bar's big-screen televisions, set aglow with broadcasts of Gator football games and legendary cartoon cat-and-mouse match-ups.

2104 SW 34th St
Gainesville,
FL
US

Since 1970, the eight restaurants in the Gator Domino's family have been serving up steamy eats to all hungry, hungry humans in the area. The menu grabs a pizza lover's attention with its four different crust varieties and more than 26 toppings, including italian sausage, provolone cheese, and banana peppers. Those who are open to fare measured in inches as opposed to radii can gravitate toward sandwich options such as the veggie or the carnivore-friendly chicken-bacon ranch.

3311 W University Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

Francesca's Trattoria dazzles diners with its menu of authentic Northern Italian flavors. Submerge sustenance-seeking submarines in the gorgonzola-cream-sauced sea of the pasta massimo, targeting meat-seeking missiles on the dish's supply of grilled chicken ($17.95), or explore the toothy, cheese-stuffed peaks of the tortellini, ringed by a creamy cloud of wild-mushroom sauce ($18.95). Those who prefer their meals in handheld form can opt for a baked sandwich, such as the sausage and sautéed pepper panini ($9.95), while more carnivorous appetites can set their sights on the veal Milanese, a tender fillet of veal donning a bread-crumb frock and dainty, yet belly-warming lemon-butter scarf ($18.95).

4410 NW 25th Pl
Gainesville,
FL
US